If You Live Near Green Bay And You’re Afraid Of Clowns…Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You

Have you ever wondered how it is that clowns became associated with all that is horrible and terrifying in the world? I wonder this from time to time for about five minutes before it becomes too creepy.

While clowns used to be restricted to the circus and occasionally TV, they seem to be becoming a more frequent sight in various cities around the world. The latest sighting? Green Bay, Wisconsin…

Here is the nightmare in question spotted walking the streets of Green Bay earlier this week. One local has dubbed him (or her?) Gags the clown.

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This brave local resident had the fortitude to take a few pictures of the clown walking mysteriously into the night with handful of black balloons. They even created a Facebook page where locals can share their encounters with Gags.

While there is no clear origin of Gags, some speculate that he might be part of a horror movie that’s shooting in town.

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Of course, Gags could simply be a prank orchestrated by a local radio station or store to drum up business.

Whether Gags is real or fake, I know that I’m glad he’s stalking the streets of a town other than mine.

(via Unexplained Mysteries)

Personally, I would put my money on Gags being a prank of some kind. At any rate, he’s a terrifying presence that I hope is soon brought to justice.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/green-bay-clown/


Hillary Clinton flip-flops, now says that entrepreneurs create jobs

http://twitter.com/#!/jtLOL/status/526834415914057728

How is “businesses don’t create jobs” shorthand for “businesses create jobs”? We hate to say it, but it’s probably time to re-familiarize ourselves with “Clinton-speak” — for example, what the meaning of “is” is.

As Twitchy reported, Hillary Clinton told an audience in Massachusetts last week, “Don’t let anybody tell you that, you know, it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs.” Today, though, Clinton admitted she had “short handed” the point and asked for an opportunity to make her point “absolutely clear.”

According to BuzzFeed’s Ruby Cramer, this is what Clinton said today at a campaign event for New York Rep. Sean Maloney: “Our economy grows when businesses and entrepreneurs create good-paying jobs here in America and workers and families are empowered to build from the bottom up and the middle out — not when we hand out tax breaks for corporations that outsource jobs or stash their profits overseas.”

Yeah, that’s pretty much the same thing.

Yep.

 

 

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/10/27/too-late-grandma-hillary-clinton-flip-flops-now-says-that-entrepreneurs-create-jobs/


When Her Favorite Human Returned From A Business Trip, She Was The Happiest Dog Ever

If you’re at all skeptical that our pets have feelings and memories, just watch this video.

When Sarah’s dad returned after being away because of work for two months, she decided to give him the fuzziest, happiest welcome home hug. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that she missed him a little bit…

Looks like this guy better check his luggage next time he goes away on business, otherwise, he might find himself a slobbery stowaway.

Who wouldn’t mind getting greeted like this every time they came home from work? I know I wouldn’t!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/happy-dog/


FBN’s Charles Payne on ‘euro-snob’ Nobel Peace Prize committee: ‘They suck’

http://twitter.com/#!/WBlance/status/388681398388674560

Charles Payne of Fox Business Network isn’t thrilled with this year’s choice for Nobel Peace Prize, considering the worthy competition:

http://twitter.com/#!/cvpayne/status/388679940838662144

From CNN:

The Nobel Peace Prize has turned the global spotlight back on the conflict in Syria.

The prize committee in Oslo, Norway, awarded it Friday to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the international chemical weapons watchdog helping to eliminate the Syrian army’s stockpiles of poison gas.

Its inspectors have just begun working in the active war zone, and the Norwegian Nobel Committee said it hopes the award offers “strong support” to them as they face arduous and life-threatening tasks.

Enough time hasn’t even elapsed to know whether the OPCW’s efforts in Syria can be considered a success, but results never seem to be among the Nobel committee’s criteria.

http://twitter.com/#!/cvpayne/status/388682189275033601

Malala would have been an inspiring pick:

It was almost exactly one year ago — Oct. 9, 2012 — when two men flagged down a bus then 15-year-old Malala rode home from school in the Swat region of Pakistan and one of them shot her in the head and neck.

Now, more outspoken than ever about the necessity for opportunities for girls and women, and with several awards already received, Malala is a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Make that was a nominee.

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Maybe if Malala would have instead become a global warming activist or made empty promises of world peace she would have received more serious consideration.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/10/11/fox-business-charles-payne-on-euro-snob-nobel-peace-prize-committee-they-suck/


But Thats None Of My Business

But Thats None Of My Business

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‘Mitt Happens': The classy billboard Kenneth Cole planned to post if Obama lost

http://twitter.com/#!/KennethCole/status/266544645859835905

Yesterday, Kenneth Cole had a billboard put up in New York City to congratulate President Obama for the whopping “two jobs saved” by his reelection. (That would be Obama’s job and Big Bird’s.)

Today the classless designer flaunted his ignorance by sharing the billboard he would have posted had the election gone the other way.

Condolences to Big Bird and family? “Sesame Street” generated $200 million in revenue from product sales between 2003 and 2006. How would the Sesame gang possibly have survived on those meager crumbs?

Obama’s reelection is already forcing small business owners to kill off much-needed jobs. Evidently the “Romney wants to kill Big Bird” meme is one of the few things that just won’t die.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/11/08/mitt-happens-the-classy-billboard-kenneth-cole-planned-to-post-if-obama-lost/


But Thats None Of My Business

But Thats None Of My Business

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Grand Canyon to reopen tomorrow, Gov. Jan Brewer announces

http://twitter.com/#!/GovBrewer/status/388808415390081024

It looks like the feds can take that giant tarp off of the Grand Canyon.  Gov. Jan Brewer, who had proposed using state funds to keep the site open during the government shutdown, is announcing tonight that the Grand Canyon will be open tomorrow. That follows similar announcements by the governors of Utah and South Dakota.

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Arizona Central reports that the state will pony up $651,000 to keep park open for one week.

The money will come from a mix of state and “other” dollars, Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder said, including funds contributed by Tusayan businesses.

The announcement came after an afternoon conference call to iron out the details, and after the Interior Department had reached similar re-opening agreements with Utah and Colorado.

Related:

‘Closed for King Obama’: Grand Canyon business owners protest shutdown

‘It’s a free day’: Zion National Park reopens with Utah state aid

Mount Rushmore to reopen Monday thanks to donated funds

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/10/11/grand-canyon-to-reopen-tomorrow-gov-jan-brewer-announces/


Will we survive the horrors of the sequester? A look at the details

http://twitter.com/#!/CuffyMeh/status/307679208962924545

Unable to perfect the art of the “Jedi mind meld,” President Obama signed the order that ushered in Sequesterpocalygeddon on Friday. With one signature, an estimated 170 gajillion jobs disappeared and Capitol janitors readied themselves for a life of cannibalism.

What were the final maimed / killed / eaten counts for Sequester Day 1? #GrimMilestone

— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) March 2, 2013

It’s strange, but we’re having trouble locating any reports of rivers running red with the blood of innocents. Were the prophecies wrong?

Follow @jamiedupree for an actual line by line of what is being cut.Some cuts are not good. But many make me wonder why we do that anyway.

— Matthew Cox (@matthewrcox) March 2, 2013

.@jamiedupree currently detailing specifics of sequester cuts. I think we may just survive this thing.

— AG (@AG_Conservative) March 2, 2013

Reporter Jamie Dupree read the 83-page report from White House Office of Management and Budget so you don’t have to. Here’s his complete rundown on the sequester cuts. Read his tweets, then check out Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider.

Defense accounts will see a reduction of 7.8%; non-defense accounts are at 5% according to the OMB

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

OMB memo on sequester from Jeffrey Zients now available at 1.usa.gov/ZKjwzd

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

OMB says defense spending “must be reduced by $42.667 billion” – that is less than $45b estimated by the Pentagon

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

The sequester report orders a $1 million sequester for the National Drug Intelligence Center (doesn’t exist?)

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

The 83 page sequestration report starts with US Senate salaries & ends with the “Vietnam Debt Repayment Fund”

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

Found 82 different cases where money was sequestered from “unobligated” balances (unspent) in the Pentagon

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

For example, the Air Force has 290 million in unspent money for Family Housing Construction; Navy – $245 million

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

This is not money that was approved for this year; unobligated balances are left over from prior budget bills

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

Another example – the military has $670 million in unobligated money for “procurement”

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

The Marine Corps has $1.12 billion in unobligated money for procurement; Navy – $2.9 billion

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

So, large chunks of money are being sequestered from leftover military funds that have been sitting unused

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

My quick count shows $4.6 billion sequestered from unspent money in the Pentagon – that’s over 10% of their cuts

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

So if $4.6 billion is just under 8% of the total unobligated money in the Pentagon right now….

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

The military has $970 million in unobligated money for “Foreign Currency Fluctuations” – sitting unused

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

There is $290 million in unused money in the DOD “Acquisition Workforce Development Fund”

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

Even if the Pentagon says that these extra balances are needed – it shows how much $$ they have on the shelf

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

THere is $2.5 billion in unobligated money for Military Construction

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

There is still $601 million for the 2005 military base closure account

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

This is not money from Fiscal Year 2013 – this is money from previous budgets that has not been spent

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

So, the military takes a double hit – the amount for this year is chopped, as is the money on the shelf

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

Library of Congress loses 21 million for salaries and expenses; the GAO would lose $26 million

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

Supreme Court sequester is $4 million for salaries and expenses

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

The National Agricultural Statistics Service would lose $4 million to the sequester

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

Department of Education loses $65 million for Impact Aid; officials say that could result in immediate layoffs

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

The Office of Innovation and Improvement at the Dept of Education has $77 million sequestered

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

The Office of English Language Acquisition has $37 million sequestered

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

White House has $3 million sequestered, $1 million for White House operating expenses

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

Office of Management and Budget – which put out this report – has $5 million sequestered

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

The Denali Commission loses $1 million to the sequester

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

The Electric Reliability Organization has $5 million sequestered

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

National Endowment for the Arts has $7 million chopped, same for National Endowment for the Humanities

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$14 million from the National Labor Relations Board

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$20 million from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$1 million from the “Standard Setting Body” – I truly have no idea what that is – someone Google it

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

Tennessee Valley Authority to have $23 million sequestered

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

Interesting that how the sequester hits NOAA – no specific line for the National Weather Service in this

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

NOAA loses $1 million for the Limited Access System Administration Fund

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

The Bureau of the Census has $13 million sequestered – next census in 2020

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

international Trade Administration loses $23 million; Bureau of Industry and Security loses $3 million

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$74 million cut from Food for Peace Title II grants

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$2 million is cut from the Rural Electrification and Telecommunications Loans Program Account

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

FEMA loses $928 million in disaster relief money & $6 million for Emergency Food and Shelter

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

immigration and Customs Enforcement loses $294 million

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

FLETC – Federal Law Enforcement Training Center is docked $12 million for salaries

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

At Homeland Security, the Office of the Chief Information Officer has $16 million sequestered

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$175 million will be cut out of Low Income Home Energy Assistance funds (LIHEAP)

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

Indian Health Services would lose $198 million, plus $22 million for Indian Health facilities

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

OMB says because the cuts are over a 7 month period, the effective reductions are almost 13% defense/9% domestic

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

Centers for Disease Control loses $289 million

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

Read the 83 page sequestration report at 1.usa.gov/YI6em3

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

The $85 billion in sequester cuts for Uncle Sam are finally spelled out in detail bit.ly/14bsaaF

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

Dupree picked up again on Saturday morning with a line-by-line detailing of the automatic cuts.

If you missed it last night, the sequester is now in effect bit.ly/ZMd2zU

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

The sequester chopped $1 million from the Office of the Chief Economist at the Department of Agriculture

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

The sequester took $2 million from the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$3 million was cut from the Milk Market Orders Assessment Fund

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$4 million was cut from the Rural Business Program Account at USDA

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$5 million was cut from the Economic and Statistical Analysis unit at the Department of Commerce

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$6 million was cut from the budget for Gallaudet University

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$7 million was cut from the Electricity Deliverty and Energy Reliability program at the Dept of Energy

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$8 million was cut from the Orderly Liquidation Fund at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$9 million was cut at the Clean Technology Fund in International Assistance Programs

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$10 million was cut from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$11 million was cut from Research, Development, Acquisition & Operations in Science and Tech at Homeland Security

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$12 million was cut from the Wage and Hour Division at the Department of Labor

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$13 million was cut from the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan Program Contingency Fund at HHS

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$14 million was cut from the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology program at DHS

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$15 million was cut from FEMA’s Disaster Assistance Direct Loan Program Account

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$16 milion was cut from the Office of the Chief Information Officer at the Department of Homeland Security

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$17 million was cut from the Diversion Control Fee Account at the Drug Enforcement Administration

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$18 million was cut from the Legal Services Corporation

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$19 million was cut from the operating expenses of the National Archives and Records Administration

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$20 million was cut from the United States Mint Public Enterprise Fund

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$21 million was cut from the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration program at the Interior Department

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$22 million was cut from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$23 million was cut from the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Fund

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$24 million was cut from the Business Loans Program Account at the Small Business Administration

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$25 million was cut from the National Infrastructure Investments fund at the Department of Transportation

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$26 million was cut from the TAA Community College and Career Training Grant Fund at the Dept of Labor

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$27 million was cut from the State Grants and Demonstrations fund at HHS

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$30 million was cut from the Treasury Forfeiture Fund at the Department of Treasury

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$31 million was cut from Salaries and Expenses for department offices at the Interior Department

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$32 million was cut from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing Fund

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$33 million was cut in money for Native American Housing Block Grants

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$34 million was cut for Family Housing Operation and Maintenance in the Air Force

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$36 million was cut from Research and Education Activities at the Department of Agriculture

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$37 million was cut from the military’s Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$38 million was cut from Wildland Fire Management at the Interior Department

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$39 million was cut from Family Housing Operation and Maintenance in the Army

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$40 million was cut in Science and Technology at the Environmental Protection Agency

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$41 million was cut in Salaries and Expenses in the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$42 million was cut from Conservation Operations in the Natural Resources Conservation Service

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$43 million was cut from the Pakistan Counterinsurgency Capability Fund

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$44 million was cut from the Affordable Insurance Exchange Grants program at HHS

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$45 million was cut in Refugee and Entrant Assistance programs under HHS

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$46 million was cut from the Rental Assistance Program at the Rural Housing Service

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$47 million was cut from the military’s Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle Fund

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$48 million was cut from Capital and Debt Service Grants to Amtrak

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$49 million was cut from International Disaster Assistance at the Agency for International Development

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$50 million was cut from the Home Investment Partnership Program at HUD

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$51 million was cut from the Prevention and Public Health Fund at HHS

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$52 million was cut from “Defender Services” at the Justice Department

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$53 million was cut from Salaries and Expenses at the Food Safety and Inspection Service

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$54 million was cut from Surveys, Investigations & Research at the US Geological Survey

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$55 million was cut from “Water and Related Resources” at the Department of Interior

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$56 million was cut from State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance Grants at the Justice Department

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$57 million was cut from the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Account at HHS

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$58 million was cut in salaries and expenses at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$59 million was cut from salaries and expenses at the US Marshals Service

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$60 million was cut in salaries and expenses at the Farm Service Agency at USDA

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

A reminder for everyone – all of these numbers are cuts from this year’s budget; this is not future funding

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

The discretionary budget only went from $1.043 trillion to $1.047 trillion – so most, if not all are real cuts

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$61 million was cut from the Hazardous Substance Superfund at the Environmental Protection Agency

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$62 million was cut in Salaries and Expenses at the US House of Representatives

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$63 million was cut from Military Construction funds for the Army National Guard

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$64 million was cut from Resource Management at the US Fish and Wildlife Service

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$65 million was cut from Impact Aid at the Department of Education

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$66 million was cut from Environmental and Other Defense Activities at the Dept of Energy

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$68 million was cut from Operating Expenses for the Agency for International Development

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$69 million was cut from Procurement of Ammunition for the Navy and Marine Corps

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$70 million was cut from the Agricultural Disaster Relief Fund at USDA

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

$71 million was cut from administration at the Office of Federal Student Aid

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

The sequester will now take discretionary spending from $1.047 trillion to $974 billion this year (that’s a cut)

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

Discretionary budget was $1.043 trillion in 2012, $1.047 trillion in 2013 – now cut to $974 billion w/sequester

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

And for those who tell me “we don’t have a budget” – you can read it here 1.usa.gov/ViMkA2

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

Read more & comment on the sequester cuts at bit.ly/ZMd2zU – see the whole list at 1.usa.gov/YI6em3

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 2, 2013

Are you wearing your panicked face?

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/03/02/will-we-survive-the-horrors-of-the-sequester-reporter-jamie-dupree-breaks-down-the-numbers/


Chicago may have lost the G8, but NATO’s a bigger deal

http://twitter.com/#!/CrainsChicago/status/179214302228660225

Crain’s Chicago Business:

Camp David’s gain was Chicago’s loss, but it could have been worse.

President Barack Obama’s abrupt decision to move the Group of Eight Summit to his Maryland retreat was a blow to Chicago’s prestige and its new mayor, who took a few days to make the case that this was not like losing the Olympics.

True, Chicago was not left empty-handed: The defense-oriented NATO summit is a much larger event and likely to be more historic than the annual economic get-together. But it’s like losing the sizzle and keeping the steak—everybody knows which part sells the best.

Of course, international exposure could turn sour if the city’s image is marred by violent demonstrations and a police crackdown. On the plus side, it seems highly unlikely more protesters will show up for the NATO summit alone, and probably a lot fewer.

But even without the G8, all the ingredients are still there for the city to reap a big boost to its international profile. A close look at how other cities have handled similar events shows that any long-term benefits hinge mainly on what the city does with the opportunity.

Obama owes a lot to the Chicago Machine, and the citizens there, who expected a big payout, are getting restive. First, he tried to pay them off on the cheap with the Olympics, riding in at the last minute and failing. Then, he tried to impose high-speed rail on the Midwest, which would inordinately have benefited Chicago.

Crain’s is usually pretty good, so it’s unfortunate that they don’t mention the paradox of Obama and congressional Dems strongly supporting Occupy when their targets aren’t . . . well, themselves. It may be that the city government and Rahm Emanuel were afraid of embarrassment, or that they calculated the security costs to the city would outweigh the benefit to businesses that would come to the city indirectly. Naturally, if there were a Republican President, NATO would pose a much greater provocation.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/03/12/chicago-may-have-lost-the-g8-but-natos-a-bigger-deal/